The Texans (4-2) played against Midwestern State in the Division II Lone Star Conference in every season since 2004 and are currently in their first year of their four-year transition to Division I in the Western Athletic Conference.
Khalil Banks ran 21 times for 135 yards and a touchdown and Ryheem Skinner added 19 carries for 102 yards and a touchdown. Tariq Bitson had six catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns for Tarleton State.
Skinner's 4-yard TD run made it 33-21 with 6:05 left in the fourth quarter and Zach Strong sacked Derrick Ponder on a third-and-6 to force Midwestern State to punt less than 2 1/2 minutes later.
Justin Jones ran for 68 yards and a touchdown and K'Vonte Jackson rushed for 54 yards and a score for the Mustangs.
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